My syndicated column today follows up on my blog post yesterday about the bipartisan border fence-gutting. The episode, I note, is an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland insecurity. It’s a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal. And in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, it’s a helpful learning tool as you assess the promises of immigration enforcement converts now running for president.
Next time you hear a leading presidential candidate try to woo you with his nine-point immigration enforcement plan or his secure ID plan or his Secure Borders platform, point to the Incredible Disappearing Border Fence. Poof! That is what happens to election-season homeland security promises.
Why would theirs be any different?
GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who has walked the talk, has a section on his website on construction of the 14-mile fence on the San Diego border.
The Border Patrol describes being under attack: